Family Nights

September 2011

Last week there was a meeting held for people interested and involved in the Family Nights (which was booked way back in August). The idea at the time of booking was that the meeting could be used to discuss whether people thought  Friday nights should continue. With Parents, young people and other volunteers present at the meeting the answer was a resounding YES!!!

Each week the numbers of people has been strong and increasing since our first meeting on 5th August. With approx 80 people at the most and 35 at the quietest all the fears of a quiet summer holiday period were soon erased! Now everyone is looking forward to the Family Nights growing in popularity as young people return to school and the word starts to spread!

During a very active meeting, several things were discussed; firstly looking towards our next meeting (as due to prior bookings there will be a two-week break) quizzes, bingo, Wii games, board games were all mentioned. Ideas came forward from the group about hosting a Halloween get together, with fancy dress and some traditional games, toffee apples and other goodies.

During the meeting 4 people stepped forward to be trained on the bar, and are going to receive their training this week.  Other people volunteered to do food, help with the tuck shop, and glass collecting. The general response from those present was that everyone wanted to make the evenings a success so were prepared to put some work in to it.

 So Family Nights are growing fast, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. If you haven’t been able to come down yet please pop down on Friday 30th September and see what you’ve been missing.

August 2011

On Friday 5th August a group of volunteers arrived at the Community Centre a little apprehensive but very excited, waiting to see what the opening night of  Family Friday’s would hold.

It turned out that well over 50 people came down to the centre and the atmosphere was brilliant. Young people were out playing games on the field, people were playing table tennis and pool. The hot dogs were very well received and tasted great (so I am told) and the tuck shop also went down brilliantly with old and young alike! Adults were catching up with one another and young people were either joining in with their families, playing games or sitting having their own conversations. It was fantastic to see people interacting together so freely and the concerns about ages and parents being around appeared to be unfounded as a good time was had by all.

At 9.00pm it was time for the quiz and as families and friends gathered round tables our quiz master Sally took to the microphone. There was much hilarity at some of the questions and conversation during them. The bar team in particular got quite a few giggles when it came to marking their answers and occasionally forgetting not to shout out the answers!! The winners of the quiz were Marie Hinch and her team and she kindly put her winnings into the tuck shop pot along with other anonymous donations to help with the continuation of the tuck shop.

There were people of all ages there from under 5’s to over 60’s and the interactions were wonderful to see. Several people remarked on the night and since how surprised at the numbers and the success of the evening. All we can hope is that Family Fridays continue to grow and develop. When term time starts up hopefully the word will start to spread and that  even more people will interested in coming and seeing what is on offer of Family Friday’s down at Holy Trinity Community and Partnership Centre.

Finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came and supported the opening night it wouldn’t have happened without you, and we look forward to seeing you all again!!

July 2011

Hello Everyone !!!

We are a group of people made up from mums, dads, young adults and members of the parish.

Our mission is to get the youth of the parish plus their friends and families together by using our wonderful community centre.

Having spoken to my own children and their friends, we all thought it would be a great idea to have somewhere to meet up, enjoy each others company and have a few laughs along the way!!  Having met up a couple of times at the centre and put together all our views, we have presented them to the parish committee and they have given us the go ahead.  Our only request to help these nights a success is that all under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We have been granted the use of the centre on various Friday nights starting on August 5th 2011.  This night will be classed as a ‘Family Quiz Night’.  Also on the night there will be the use of the pool table, table tennis table, the use of the school field for football etc, tuck shop and we will also be selling hot dogs!!!   Yum Yum !!! 🙂 Also another bonus …………….. the bar will be open…Yippee!!!

Please come along and support us from 7.30pm onwards and have a lovely family night with friends.  You never know you might win the quiz!!  So get your thinking caps on and I will see you there!!  xxx

Social Enterprise Plan for Youth and Family Night at Holy Trinity Community and Partnership Centre.

Vision and Mission

To get the youth of the Parish together with each other and their families by providing facilities for them to use.

Keeping people together post-primary school when children move away to different schools.

Overview of Youth and Family Night

A social gathering with activities for families and young people; pool, table tennis, wii, sports on the field, music night, quiz night, talent night, film/football night.

With tea and coffee facilities and the bar if possible.


There is currently a gap within our community for a project like this one, we want to develop community cohesion. We want to build on what we already have and make it better.

Vision for 1 year

We want to be able to provide regularity, guarantee it will be open every week (taking prior bookings into account), we would like to see more people involved at the meeting and organising stage, more volunteers coming through. We want to see families and young people using it regularly to meet with each other.

Vision for 5 years

We would want there to be new people emerging to take over or get involved in running the evening, we would hope that it would be a regular place for families in the Parish to meet and for young people to meet with their friends.


Day and time: Friday evening 7.30-10.30

Ages:16 yrs and over can come unaccompanied

16 years and under have to come with their family or someone else’s family.

There will be responsible adults/points of contact present each week


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